Calendar of FTAA Events

Forum: The Effects of Free Trade on Services and Agriculture in Latin America

The talk will be held at the Doubletree Hotel, 1717 N. Bayshore Dr., from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. It is sponsored by the Hemispheric Campaign on the FTAA and Latin American Division of Consumers International.

Rally: Take Back Public Education - No Privatization of School Services

The point of the rally is to address the negative effect the FTAA could have on American education, specifically regarding the school system being privatized at the local level. At the Miami-Dade County School Board building, thousands will gather to take a stand against privatizing key public services while denying decent jobs for working families. The event is sponsored by South Florida Jobs with Justice, AFSCME Local 1184, and United Teachers of Dade and starts at noon at 1450 NE 2nd Ave. Call 305-623-4900 or email jonathan@hiddeninplainsight.org

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 20

Brunch: Unitarian Universalists FTAA Brunch

An event to welcome the UU Caravan to Miami, sing, pray, have a dialogue about where to go from here, and prepare for the march, with signs and banners. The brunch is sponsored by the Unitarian Universalists for a Just Economic Community and will be held from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. at the Miami UU Congregation, 7701 SW 76th Ave. Call 617-542-0634, e-mail uujec@uujec.net, or visit www.uujec.net/

Forum: Trade in Services - the new threat to public services and service workers

This forum will bring together national and international speakers on the impact of new trade agreements on the service sector - including public services, postal services, and construction. The forum will also showcase outreach strategies and easily accessible materials for educating workers and the public about this issue. The event is to be held at the Doubletree Biscayne Bay, 1717 N. Bayshore Dr., from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and is sponsored by Public Services International, the Citizens Trade Campaign, and the Minnesota Fair Trade Coalition. Contact gretchenliese@citizenstrade.org or visit www.citizenstrade.org/pdf/ctc_services.pdf

Forum: Widening the Circle - Engaging Others About the FTAA

Talks will be held at First United Methodist Church, 400 Biscayne Blvd., from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.; sponsored by the First Unitarian Church of Portland, Oregon, and the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Miami.

Forum: Retiree Breakfast Rally

Sponsored by AFL-CIO and Florida Alliance for Retired Americans, the event will take place from 10:00 a.m. to noon at the Marriott Biscayne Bay, 1633 N. Bayshore Dr. Visit www.aflcio.org/issuespolitics/globaleconomy/ftaa_calendar.cfm

Coalition March and Rally: For Global Justice

The main rally and march of the mobilization will bring a diverse lineup of speakers to voice their opposition to the FTAA and to propose alternatives to neoliberal trade policies. The march will kick off with a rally at Bayfront Park Amphitheater, then travel through downtown Miami, past the official meetings, and return to the amphitheater for a finale with musical entertainment. The march will incorporate a symbolic delivery of ballots outside the trade ministers' meetings and will be peaceful. The march is sponsored by a broad coalition of organizations from around the country, as well as Latin America and the Caribbean, and will start at noon at Bayfront Park. There will be a welcoming rally and celebration at the end of the march from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Bayfront Park Amphitheater, Biscayne Boulevard and NW First. Call 202-637-5000 or e-mail edrake@aflcio.org.

March: Our Media Are Not for Sale!

Media activists from around the world gather for a march to defend free speech, cultural diversity, and media democracy from "free trade." Meet outside First United Methodist Church, 400 Biscayne Blvd., under banner "Our Media Are Not for Sale!" The march is sponsored by the Free Press Media Reform Network, CRIS Communication Rights Campaign, OURMedia/NUESTR@SMedios, and Prometheus Radio Project and runs from noon to 4:00 p.m. Call 607-351-0585, e-mail schock@riseup.net, or visit www.mediareform.net/ftaa, www.crisinfo.org, and www.ourmedianet.org

Debate: NAFTA at 10 - a debate on NAFTA's ten-year record

Sponsored by the Public Citizen Group, the debate will begin at 7:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 400 Biscayne Blvd. Contact 202-454-5140 or cslevin@citizen.org.

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 21

Teach-in: Alternatives to Corporate Globalization - Voices from the Americas

"Faces of the Global Economy," Part 3

The series discusses alternative viewpoints to corporate takeovers and typical conceptions of democracy. The teach-ins feature a series of workshops and plenaries focusing on the real impacts of corporate globalization on workers, farmers, indigenous people, women, human rights, democracy, and the environment. Today's sessions highlight specific effects the FTAA will have on groups in various countries of the hemisphere, with representatives of the grassroots groups on hand to add depth to the discussions. The workshops are in four concurrent sessions over the course of the day. The opening session takes place from 9:00 to 10:45 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 400 Biscayne Blvd.

Concurrent session 1 takes place in eight places at the same time: "Alternatives vs. the FTAA" at the Doubletree, 1717 N. Bayshore Dr.; "Lessons from Mexico: Environmental and Social Impacts of NAFTA in a Developing Country" at the Doubletree; "Speak Out! Stop the Corporate Takeover of Water!" at the First United Methodist Church, 400 Biscayne Blvd.; "Trade and the Poor: Case Studies on the Effects of Trade Liberalization in Mexico and Jamaica" at the Peace Education Foundation, 1900 Biscayne Blvd.; "The Impacts of Export Credit Agencies in Latin America: Campaigns and Case Studies" at the Doubletree; "FTAA and Its Corporate Pushers" at the Doubletree; "Puppet Show from Argentina" at the Riande Hotel, 1825 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; "Beyond the Miami Ministerial -- local and statewide strategies for multi-sectoral organizing" at the Doubletree.

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